Issue 47 Griffin Armament Bushwhacker 46 Review: Calming the Big Bores Dave Merrill Join the Conversation As more and more states allow for straight-walled rifle rounds for hunting in traditionally shotgun-only areas, we’ve seen an increasing interest in big-bore loads such as the .450 Bushmaster and, more recently, the .350 Legend. Calibers like this pack a punch both in terms of recoil, as well as sound and blast. It was only natural that we’d start seeing more silencers fit for this role, and the latest from Griffin Armament is exactly this. The Bushwhacker 46 plays well with everything mentioned above; it also transforms into a pistol suppressor if needed. What you see on these pages is a production, not a preproduction model. DESIGN The 8.25-inch-long tube is turned from 17-4 stainless steel with a black nitride finish, and the baffles are made from 6AL4V titanium. The finish on our example was deep and uniform, which we’ve come to expect from Griffin Armament. The stainless endcap is removable and interchangeable with Griffin’s Paladin line of silencers. It may seem a bit long for some, but keep in mind that this is designed for the likes of .450 Bushmaster. With increasing modularity on their minds, Griffin Armament jumped on the SilencerCo Omega 1.375×24 threaded-rear-end bandwagon, which means there are mounts and options galore. The Bushwhacker 46 itself ships with a Griffin Plan-A 1.375 mount included, along with an accompanying 5/8×24 Minimalist 30-caliber brake, as well as a new compatible pistol booster. The Bushwhacker 46 doesn’t come with the piston required for the pistol booster, so you’ll have to purchase that one separately if you want to use the Bushwhacker on a pistol. However, if you already have an appropriate piston by Griffin, SilencerCo, or Rugged, you’ll be all set, as you also will be if you have a Dead Air piston designed for the Odessa (no-go for the rest of the Dead Air pistons). AT THE RANGE Our foremost thought was to mount the Bushwhacker 46 on a .350 Legend for a hunting rig. While the silencer is over-bored for that caliber, it almost meant that it kept the gas pressure down on our rig. While OSHA wouldn’t like the sound level, it was a helluva lot better than a simple flash hider on the end. Undoubtedly there would be a few more decibels taken off the high end if we used a Paladin endcap specifically made for .350 Legend (which doesn’t currently exist — hint, hint, Griffin). There hasn’t been a complete set of testing data made available, and even then there are arguments to be made about how testing should occur. With that said, the initial numbers we were provided matched our subjective impressions at the range — 137dB from a 16-inch 7.62N, 130dB dry from .45ACP pistol, and the loudness level pushing into the upper 130s with a 16-inch 5.56mm. LOOSE ROUNDS Like many general-purpose silencers, this one did “alright” as a multi-caliber silencer, but that’s really not what the Bushwacker 46 is for. This is a big-bore suppressor that also plays well with others. If you’re looking for a general-purpose silencer, this one may not be for you, but if you have a use-case for suppressing .450 Bushmaster or .458 SOCOM, you’ll no longer be stuck with something much larger originally designed for calibers like a .50BMG. Griffin Armament Bushwhacker 46 Length: 8.2 inches Weight: 16.3 ounces (rifle configuration), 18.1 ounces (pistol configuration) MSRP: $999 URL: www.griffinarmament.com More on Suppressors Stealth Project Suppressors: You're Gas System won't know it's being Suppressed. Mini-Me: Dead Air Sandman E-Brake takes what little sting left and cuts it down. Reviewing the Dead Air Nomad that takes a shot at the champs. Hands-on with the Dead Air Nomad-L. 3d Printed and Polymer: meet Mute. Explore RECOILweb:Preview - H20 on Tap[SHOT Show 2017] New Coast Lights RevealedTOPS Knives Releases the Baja 4.5Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Assault Weapons NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.